What happened this day in history February 28

What are the important events that happened on February 28? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

February 28: Facts & Myths About This Day

February 28 is the 59th day of the year 2023 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 306 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is February 15, 2023 – a Tuesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,677,542,400 seconds has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘pentacontaenneagon’ day.

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Pisces is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Amethyst is the modern birthstone for this month. Bloodstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 347 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 3,721 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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February 28 Historical Events

  • 870
    The Fourth Council of Constantinople closes.
  • 1700
    Today is followed by March 1 in Sweden, thus creating the Swedish calendar.
  • 1784
    John Wesley charters the Methodist Church.
  • 1883
    The first vaudeville theater opens in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • 1922
    The United Kingdom ends its protectorate over Egypt through a Unilateral Declaration of Independence.
  • 1933
    Gleichschaltung: The Reichstag Fire Decree is passed in Germany a day after the Reichstag fire.
  • 1958
    A school bus in Floyd County, Kentucky hits a wrecker truck and plunges down an embankment into the rain-swollen Levisa Fork River. The driver and 26 children die in what remains the worst school bus accident in U.S. history.
  • 1980
    Andalusia approves its statute of autonomy through a referendum.
  • 1991
    The first Gulf War ends.
  • 2005
    A suicide bombing at a police recruiting centre in Al Hillah, Iraq kills 127.

Who were born on February 28?

  • 1573
    Elias Holl, German Architect (d. 1646)
  • 1878
    Pierre Fatou, French mathematician (d. 1929)
  • 1903
    Vincente Minnelli, American film director (d. 1986)
  • 1908
    Billie Bird, American actress (d. 2002)
  • 1915
    Ketti Frings, American playwright and screenwriter (d. 1981)
  • 1926
    Svetlana Alliluyeva, Soviet defector, daughter of Joseph Stalin
  • 1944
    Win Aung, Burmese politician
  • 1961
    Mark Latham, Australian politician
  • 1967
    Colin Cooper, English footballer
  • 1976
    Adam Pine, Australian swimmer

Who died on February 28?

  • 1648
    King Christian IV of Denmark and Norway (b. 1577)
  • 1788
    Thomas Cushing, American Continental Congressman (b. 1725)
  • 1916
    Henry James, American writer (b. 1843)
  • 1985
    David Byron, English singer (Uriah Heep) (b. 1947)
  • 1986
    Laura Z. Hobson, American novelist (b. 1900)
  • 2002
    Mary Stuart, American actress (b. 1926)
  • 2003
    Fidel Sánchez Hernández, President of El Salvador (b. 1917)
  • 2003
    Roger Michael Needham, British cryptographer (b. 1935)
  • 2007
    Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. American historian and political commentator (b. 1917)
  • 2008
    Mike Smith, English musician (The Dave Clark Five) (b. 1943)

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